Johar says without a personal heartbreak, it is impossible to bring out emotions on celluloid.
"I think actors who haven't had broken hearts don't perform the way they should. I feel if you are a good actor you must have had a broken heart. It's not possible otherwise for you to depict a certain kind of emotion on celluloid," Johar said at a panel discussion here last night.
The "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" director says it is easy to identify someone who is trying hard to bring out emotions without actually having been through a heartbreak.
"Sometimes your eyes do depict your heart story. Many of them whose eyes speak volume, they've been through that journey in life. You know when the actor hasn't been through this and is merely touching the surface. There's no feel, because feel comes from history," he added.
To which Imtiaz quipped, "We also know that some actors are trying to go through that experience (heartbreak) to become better actors."
Karan replied, "Many a time they do that purposely. Traumatise themselves so that they perform better."
The discussion was part of the launch of Karan's radio show "Calling Karan" season 2 on Ishq 104.8 FM.
The director says there's nothing to worry about a broken heart as it can "empower you in so many ways."
"Sometimes when something breaks, it solidifies you to a larger extent. Jump into it, so what if you won't get reciprocated with the same amount of love, if the intensity doesn't match yours. But what you will go through, the feeling of love will nurture you in many ways.
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